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Gulf between people and govt reduced: Balkh provincial council

Gulf between people and govt reduced: Balkh provincial council

Dec 15, 2011 - 18:02

MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PANinfo-icon): Members of Balkh provincial council claimed they had reduced the distance between people and the government, while residents rejected it and said the council had not paid attention to their problems.

Current situation had created a space between people and the government, Makhdum Mahmud, member of provincial council, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

“The councils and government departments are not cooperating each others in several provinces, which are creating problems for each others, but luckily we have not any such problem in the province,” Mahmud said.

According to him, they were succeeded to convey voice of people to the government about their basic problems and they had solved problems in most area areas.

Mian Ismail, resident of Chamtal district said they were ruled by Talibaninfo-icon and the government partly.

Taliban had not capability to fight against people if Afghan security forces helped locals properly, he said.

 Other residents blamed the government was only paying attention to provincial capital Mazar-i-Sharif, unlike in the far flung areas.

Qurban Guldi from Kaldar district said the Amu River was destroying their lands and houses for the last few years.

“Government is only working on reconstructioninfo-icon of Mazar-i-Sharif while we have not seen any official visiting our area or solving our problems,” he complained, adding they had discussed their problems with provincial council members and other government officials, but in vain.

Members of the council confirmed the problems, but said they had already tried to solve those problems while still working on it.

Makhdum Mahmud said people were not provided with enough support as they needed.

They had discussed the issue of Amu River banks with local government authorities while they had discussed it with the president Hamid Karzai too, he said.

Police were busy in cleanup operations in several areas which would help in implementation of developmental projects and almost 50 projects would be started in Chamtal and Chahar Boldak districts in the near future, he said.


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